Yesterday we reported that Kenichi Ogawa (22-1, 17) [尾川 堅一] had vacated the Japanese Super Featherweight title, forcing the cancellation of his scheduled bout with Tsuyoshi Tojo (13-15-5, 2) [東上剛司]. The now former champion has stated that his reasoning is to fight for a worldtitle rather than continue to reign supreme on the national scene.
At the time of the announcement it was unclear what the next domestic title bout would be, though it's now been confirmed that the Japanese title challenger bout between Masaru Sueyoshi (15-1, 10) [末吉大] and Ribo Takahata (13-7-1, 5) [高畑里望] will now be upgraded to a title bout, which is a decision that makes a lot of sense and pits the #1 and #2 ranked fighters against each otherforthe now vacant title.
Where it leaves Tojo is a tricky one, but we suspect that either Sueyoshi or Takahata would be happy to defend the title against him next year.
Interestingly the Sueyoshi Vs Takahata bout had been arranged before Ogawa's decision to vacate. It was originally the chief support bout to the contest between Ogawa and Tojo on October 7th, though will now be the main event of the card, which is yet to have any other bouts confirmed for it, though those will likely be announced in the next couple of weeks.
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